Yesterday, media outlets were able to confirm that Jane Meyer, a former senior associate athletic director at the University of Iowa, was being dropped from the payroll at the beginning of the next academic year.
It may seem like just another job cut to you, but in the context of the last 15 years of job actions by the athletics department of Iowa against female coaches, it is business as usual.
The Iowa athletic department, under AD Gene Barta, has held female athletic coaches to a double standard in comparison to male coaches, according to the text of a civil right petition currently in the discovery phase.
In this context, the Meyer layoff, to be made effective Sept. 9, is an absolute public-relations disaster for the university, which, it seems, will stop at nothing to effect retribution on those who stand up for their basic rights.
One such person, of course, is former head field hockey coach Tracey Greisbaum, who was fired less than a month before the start of the 2014 season. The reason given was an investigation into accusations of misbehavior and abuse of players.
Once Greisbaum brought suit, however, Barta demoted Meyer to the level of a project manager, saying that the fact that Meyer and Greisbaum were life-partners represented a conflict. Barta also said that that Meyer’s leave would continue until Griesbaum’s case was resolved.
Now, it seems, that leave is being made permanent before the resolution of the Greisbaum suit.
And it stinks to high heaven.
Barta’s action being taken against Meyer does little to change the perspective that the Iowa athletics department is a vindictive old-boys network projecting power at taxpayer expense.